The South London Family Kitchen
Our Sevenoaks design team worked closely with the owners of this beautiful family home in South London, to create an open-plan kitchen and living space to be loved and used by all the family.
Making the decision whether to move or extend your home is not always straight forward, and one we would advise gathering all the pros and cons of each option, before making your decision to sell and move on! Sometimes, a well planned extension can give your family home a new lease of life; like it did for this South London kitchen project we have recently completed.
By opening up the back of the property with a side return extension, and opting for beautiful skylights and bi-fold doors, despite its size, natural light floods into this space, giving it such a welcoming feel. With such an expansive space to work with, our Sevenoaks design team created a multi-use kitchen and living space for eating, drinking, chatting, dining and socialising!
Handpainted in Chambers Gate by Mylands, the neutral colour palette contrasts beautifully with the black appliances, finished perfectly with the Silestone by Cosentino worktop in Lagoon.
It is almost too hard to believe that the chimney breast and mantle are not the original features of the property, and were in fact designed by our designers and installed by the Burlanes installations team as part of the overall project. If you are hoping to achieve a classic and traditional style kitchen in your new home or extension, work with a designer who is able to incorporate traditional elements into your kitchen design in areas other than just the cabinetry.
A large kitchen island will provide the majority of your required worktop space in your kitchen, allowing you to opt for floor-to-ceiling cabinetry and smart storage solutions elsewhere in the room. Countertop units not only look beautiful, but bi-fold and pocket doors transform them into incredibly practical and useful storage solutions too.
With useful storage solutions for the food, crockery and kitchen utensils elsewhere in the kitchen, there was even room for the homeowner to create an incredible home bar area set up!
It is vital that your main 'working triangle' in your kitchen is carefully considered during the design process, to ensure that the main appliances such as the fridge, oven and the bin are within easy reach of each other when you are using the kitchen for its sole purpose; to cook and prepare meals. We would always recommend positioning your rubbish bins and dishwasher close to the kitchen sink too; it really does make the clean up after meal times quicker and easier!
Corner cupboards in kitchens can be a challenge to ensure the space is best utilised and accessible. By opting for open shelving, it not only makes really good use of the space for cookbooks and to display lovely pieces of crockery, but it also adds a focal point and variation to the kitchen too.
As well as the freestanding refrigerator, the homeowners wanted a separate wine cooler too. Our design team suggested housing the freestanding wine cooler within the kitchen island, within easy reach of the dining room table.
If you are a keen cook and entertainer, a mirrored splash back is a great way to allow you to be able to still see the faces of your guests sat at the island when cooking!
A kitchen is not really complete without a larder! Whether you opt for a small countertop cupboard for your dried goods, cereals and spices, or you make room for a tall, double door signature Burlanes larder, we would always recommend having a space to collate your main bulk of food and cooking condiments.
We know that no two houses are ever the same, and no two kitchens are either. That is why our expert kitchen designers work so closely with you, our client, to advise on the best kitchen design layout, colour schemes, appliances and accessories, to create your dream space, totally bespoke and unique to you.
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We cannot recommend the Burlanes team enough; they just knew what we needed and got it so right.Amelia Tate - Corringham, Essex